South West Wales

Trapped woman, 85, freed from under coach in Kilgetty

A woman was airlifted to hospital by police helicopter after being trapped under a coach for half an hour.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the 85-year-old fell as the coach was manoeuvring in Kilgetty, near Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, at about 1310 BST.

The coach rolled over the woman's arm. Fire fighters using hydraulic equipment and airbags released her.

The woman was flown to Withybush General Hospital in Haverfordwest for treatment.

In a statement, Dyfed-Powys Police said: "Officers attended the scene and established that the lady was at the bus stop opposite the Kilgetty Community Centre when she had difficulty stepping up into the coach from the bus stop.

"As a result, the coach driver requested that the elderly lady step back onto the verge and she would pull the coach closer into the kerb.

'Hydraulic equipment'

"As the elderly lady stepped away from the coach, the coach driver pulled slowly forward. However, unknown to the driver, the elderly woman had slipped off the verge and the front wheel of the coach had driven over the woman's arm."

The police statement added: "Due to the age of the woman and the nature of the accident, a number of emergency vehicles including the force helicopter, which was in the area, attended the scene.

"The casualty remained trapped under the coach for approximately 30 minutes until she was released by the fire brigade who attended with hydraulic equipment."

A spokesman confirmed the police helicopter conveyed the woman to hospital.

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